Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Chris Marquardt and Building a Light Library

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1635

Chris has an exercise for everyone to work on: building a light library. He talks about how photos with interesting and unusual light are the most rewarding photos since it can create unique or complex images that demonstrate what light CAN do to a picture.

The next photo assignment is GOLDEN. Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "GOLDEN" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "GOLDEN" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

Why Can't I Output Video From iMovie?

iMovie

Episode 1634

Howard from Sherman Oaks, CA

Howard is having trouble with iMovie. He can't share video from it. It's constantly a compressor error. Leo says that iMovie has to render a video file using Apple Compressor. There may be a damaged file. There was an update this week, so check to see if that fixes it. If it doesn't, try uninstalling and reinstalling. Make sure to delete the compressor file and then reinstall it.

How can I create a slideshow of my photos?

Corel PaintShop Pro

Episode 1633

Doug from Roseberg, OR

Doug just got back from vacation and would like to turn their photos into a slide show with titles and music, as Google photos doesn't do it. Leo says that it used to be a thing that Google would do. Any presentation manager would, like Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint. Corel makes the best one though: Corel PaintShop Pro Photo. But you can also use Corel Video Studio to do it. Here's how - https://learn.corel.com/tutorials/videostudio-create-slideshows/.

Chris Marquardt ... mixed and matched

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1631

Chris wants to talk about how you can mix and match techniques to minimize your workflow. Perfection: stop seeking it. It's your enemy. Accept that everything is a draft. Besides, most people will not look at a photo the same way you do. 

Doing something makes you right. People without dirty hands are wrong. The doing is what gives you credibility.  

Lastly, being done is the engine of more. The more you do, the more you want to.

Check out more from Bre Pettis Cult of Done Manifesto here. 

Chris Marquardt ... FLASHED

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1629

Chris took Leo's advice and picked up a low-cost FlashPix Flash. Great flash that you can remove from the transmission connector on the hot shoe, and position the light off-camera. It also doubles as a video light. But it does have one fault: it's completely manual. It doesn't support through the lens (TTL) flash, which most flashes do in this modern age. Still, it's a great flash to have in your bag.

What Happened to My Photos in Google Photos?

Photos

Episode 1628

Will from San Pedro, CA

Will had some photos backed up to Google Photos for a few years, and recently, all the photos had disappeared. What happened? His current photos were uploaded, but anything before 2017 is gone. Leo says that's bad news because Leo always recommends Google Photos. It also proves that users shouldn't trust just one backup source for photos. Use several services. Also, check out the Google Photos trashcan to see if they are there.  Leo says that if Will had used Picasa before 2017, Google may have gotten rid of them because they were stored in PicasaWeb.

Chris Marquardt ... Not buying on the iPhone 11

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1627

Chris joins us and says he's not buying the iPhone 11 because he believes that the phone is in the "tock" cycle, and there's going to be a much better phone next year. So he's going to wait. Having said that, he thinks that the three lens camera on the iPhone is a two stage upgrade. The three cameras are matched, so they have the same colors and calibrated to make it a seemless shot. And the night shot mode is interesting as an answer to Google's Night Sight. It takes up to nine photos at various aperture and shutters speeds and then uses computational photography to fuse them together.

Is my camera media card defective?

SD Card

Episode 1627

Hector from Napoleon, OH

Hector has a Sandisk 64GB SD card from Best Buy, and now he's getting error messages due to "insufficient write speed."  Is there something wrong with his camera? Leo says that most SD cards today can keep up with the cameras they are used in. You need a class 4 card for the Vixia Camcorder, and Hector's is a class 10. So it's plenty fast. But it could be that the card is wearing out after steady use and it's starting to fail. When you start getting errors like that, you're living on borrowed time. So it's time to get a new card.